Monitor: Peace in Northern Ireland

Analysis of whether the Good Friday Agreement signed at Stormont will bring an end to the Troubles in Ulster
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The Irish News

N. Ireland

UNIONISM IS to embark on a realignment that has been overdue for 20 years. Nationalists will be spectators, reminiscent of the turmoil that afflicted Unionism in the early 70s as its politicians struggled to avoid the implications of equality.

Today they can play a unique role by using their preferences to support the Unionists who want change.


The Irish Times


IT WILL soon become clear whether pro-Agreement Unionists can countenance Sinn Fein as part of the new Northern Ireland executive in the absence of decommissioning. The evidence is they cannot. The reality is the Republican movement is conditioned to accept the kind of compromises that the agreement represents.



N. Ireland

MR TRIMBLE has signalled, in his cautious way, that the cold war between the two traditions should be at an end. There is a long way to go, and the parties linked to paramilitaries who have indicated that their war is over have yet to prove it, by action on decommissioning. There is a good chance, however, that, if the assembly vote goes the right way, Mr Trimble will be able to institute, as First Minister, the new Northern Ireland of which his predecessors could only dream.


Republican News

Eire and N. Ireland

IRISH UNITY and independence are the best context within which to tackle the political and social inequalities

that face the Irish people. Sinn Fein is looking beyond the present situation and towards a future based on freedom, justice and peace. A vote for Sinn Fein is a vote for the continuance of the peace process. Sinn Fein has been the dynamic for change over the years.

The best way to ensure that the pace of political progress continues is to go out and vote Sinn Fein.





TRIMBLE IS banking on the hope that a clear majority of Protestants are prepared to step into the political unknown. But there is still so much mistrust in Northern Ireland's politics that it will take a long time for nationalists to accept that this politician may have turned a new corner, and that Unionism is perfectly capable of being refashioned to include inclusiveness and partnership.